After the exhausting spectacle that was Arsenal v Manchester the tie is a welcome break for the first team and, I’m sure, the supporters. A young Arsenal side (is that an understatement?) crushed Sheffield United (is THAT an understatement?) in the previous Carling Cup fixture with Carlos Vela running riot in a 6-0 win.
Lukasz Fabianski – Gavin Hoyte, Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs – Jack Wilshere, Fran Merida, Aaron Ramsey, Mark Randall – Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner
Given the necessity of having Nicklas Bendtner available for the game against Aston Villa I’m quite confident that he will not be playing any part against Wigan. Instead, the likelihood is that the manager will look to summer signing Amaury Bischoff to play in the hole behind Carlos Vela as he has recently done for the reserve team. It will be exciting to see how he goes against Wigan if given the chance.
There’s not much point in trying to predict what will happen tonight, these games are simply a good opportunity for the young players to prove their worth and the supporters (and Arsenal bloggers) to simply enjoy the games without analysing things too much. In saying that I’ll be keeping an eye on a number of players to see how they perform, particularly the ‘experienced’ heads Fabianski, Song and Djourou.
That’s about it for today so I’ll just mention a couple of things about the latest issue of The Gooner Gazette. Regular readers will know this has been going for a while – in fits and starts, I must admit – but I came to a very important decision today. From here on in, The Gooner Gazette is going to available every Tuesday as a weekly feature, instead of the monthly format I had previously attempted to maintain. As a result, it’s a little bit shorter than the older editions but going forward I think this punchier format is going to work well.
This week’s edition sees Samir Nasri featured amongst others in Good Week Bad Week, a wrap-up of the Fenerbahce and Manchester United games and Three Things We Learnt This Week amongst other things. To check out the latest issue simply click here or on the cover photo featuring Cesc Fabregas in this post. You can check out older issues of The Gooner Gazette here.
Enjoy the Gazette, enjoy the match and as always, be sure to let me know your thoughts on all things Arsenal by leaving a comment. Cheers.
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